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Labour treats smokers like lepers

Labour treats smokers like lepers

Dr Muriel Newman Thursday, 9 June 2005 Speeches - Other

Extract from speech to Rotorua small business owners, Rotorua Citizens Club, Thursday 9 June 2005; 5.30pm.

ACT Deputy Leader Dr Muriel Newman today urged small business owners to become politically active in order to help change the government at the 2005 election.

Speaking to small business owners working in the hospitality industry in Rotorua, Dr Newman said the Labour party was anti-business.

“They have made that very clear with the massive increase in regulations and costs that they have imposed on small businesses since being in government.

“It’s now time for small business to strike back against the penalties by voting against them.

“In particular, many small businesses involved in the hospitality industry have been gutted by the Government’s radical changes in smoking legislation, which now treats smokers like lepers. Once again Labour has gone too far with their smoking law. In my mind they have no right to throw people who are doing something quite legal out onto the streets like dogs.

“That is why I have drafted a private members bill to bring a better balance into the legislation to allow bars, clubs and pubs to make provisions to enable them to invite smokers back in from the cold if they choose to.

“My bill is in the order paper and will be debated soon. In the meantime, I am collecting support for a petition to Parliament asking that changes be made to the smoking laws to bring back people’s rights to smoke inside if appropriate arrangements are made for them,” Dr Newman said.

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